If someone tries to submit a question with "alot" in it, make an alot appear, and tell them to go easy on the alots and ideally improve their spelling and grammar alot.

I care about this alot

Thanks alot!


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It's pointless. Many users would find this confusing.

  • What kind of users would find it confusing? Jun 19, 2011 at 23:17
  • @Andrew, the kind of users who speak English as a second language. And we know there are lots of those users.
    – pavium
    Jun 19, 2011 at 23:25
  • @pavium: Because people who are weak at English are less likely to understand that it's a joke rather than serious? Jun 19, 2011 at 23:55
  • @Andrew, yes, exactly. I work with people like that all the time so I've learned to be careful.
    – pavium
    Jun 20, 2011 at 1:43
  • @pavium: To be honest, I don't think Jeff Atwood wants such people, though the community is more welcoming of such people. Jun 20, 2011 at 2:05
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    @Andrew, I think JA wants SO be an inclusive community. He seems to be more welcoming than some of the other members.
    – pavium
    Jun 20, 2011 at 2:16
  • People whose first language is not English are generally less likely to make this error than native authors, though of course if they hang out in bad company, English learners could "learn" this "idiom" from people who ought to know better. I see an increasing number of "seperate" misspellings from people who have no reason to make this mistake other than imitating the cool kids.
    – tripleee
    Jan 12, 2021 at 5:56

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